An hour of joyful Christmas music followed by mince pies and wine is how to celebrate the lead up to Christmas with Milton Keynes Chorale.
Victoria Ely had put together a programme of music which included some of her childhood favourites and celebrated the fact that her mother (in the audience) had come all the way from Australia to spend Christmas in England.
There were opportunities for the large audience to join in the singing throughout the concert which was accompanied by Paul McKenzie on the piano.
The programme included:
Ladies of the choir
- Veni Domine (Felix Mendelssohn, Op 39, no 1)
Reading: Christmas (John Betjeman) - read by Karen Collcott
- God rest you merry, gentlemen (tradition, arr David Willcocks)
- O come, all ye faithful (J. F. Wade, arr David Willcocks)
Reading: Home for Christmas (from 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame) - read by Janet Spencer
- Ding dong! merrily on high (16th C French melody, arr Charles Wood)
- O little town of Bethlehem (English traditional, harmony R. Vaughan Williams, arr. T. Armstrong)
- Rhosyn Duw (The Flower of Bethlehem, music & English words by Grace Williams)
Reading: from A Child's Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas) - read by Mike Thomas
- Hark! the herald-angels sing (Mendelssohn, arr. David Willcocks)
- The Virgin's slumber song (from 'Simple Melodies' Op 76, no 52, Max Reger, arr. Hal H. Hopson)
- I saw three ships come sailing in (English traditional, arr. Sir John Stainer)
Reading: Inn for a penny, in for a pound (Mike Thomas) - read by Ian Collcott
- The First Noel (English carol arr. Dan Forrest)
Music for all @ SMSG provided front of house support. MK Chorale made a donation to the church restoration fund afterwards.
You can see more photos of this concert at https://www.flickr.com/photos/78058413@N06/albums/72157662457108491
Words and photos by Anna Page